elevate +‎ -ory


elevatory (not comparable)

  1. Tending to raise, or having power to elevate.
    • 1912, J. H. Gardiner, The Making of Arguments[1]:
      It is therefore clear that the elevatory forces which gave rise to the mountains operated subsequently to the Cretaceous epoch; and that the mountains themselves are largely made up of the materials deposited in the sea which once occupied their place.
    • 1894, Thomas H. Huxley, Discourses[2]:
      All this is certain, because rocks of cretaceous, or still later, date have shared in the elevatory movements which gave rise to these mountain chains; and may be found perched up, in some cases, many thousand feet high upon their flanks.
    • 1862, Charles Darwin, More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II[3]:
      Your view of the bottom of Atlantic long sinking with continued volcanic outbursts and local elevations at Madeira, Canaries, etc., grates (but of course I do not know how complex the phenomena are which are thus explained) against my judgment; my general ideas strongly lead me to believe in elevatory movements being widely extended.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for elevatory in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)